|This doll is known by many names: Sugar Baby, Church Doll, Prairie Doll... see below.|
... I am also so passed the stage where I want "knick knacky" things laying around my house just for looks.
But that's just me!
Don't get me wrong, I don't mind a little sachet hanging here and there to add a little femininity, but I personally don't want bowls filled with "stuff" all over my house.... they just become dust collectors...
...and well, you know me, housework is not my first love, not what I want to put my time into.
Hidden away in cardboard boxes sit all my once loved ornaments (I really need to purge them, but sentimentality is hard to abandon)....
The problem is, I like to play.... design things... I like to sew, paint, work with wood, create mosaics, even make willow furniture....
...but, I can't keep everything I make for myself.
Designing is a battle for me...
...between colour, style, functionality and aesthetics, I always second guess what I have in mind.
My main goal is functionality , but then again, I love it to be pleasing to the eye...
....sometimes pretty and feminine, sometimes bold and beautiful!
I like what I make to have a purpose, although I am not restricted by that.... but what are people buying these days? What catches people's eye? Framed pictures? Sachets? Tea towels? Pretty pillowcases? Quilts? Clothing? Aprons?
...and in what colours? I mean, hello, there are so many beautiful colour choices out there; some people are into all white, some more natural, some pastels like shabby cottage style, others bold and bright!
I have to create, I have to use my hands, I have to act on the things that are spinning around in my head out.... no matter what, I will always create, it's a part of me.
But, I'm begging for some insight!
How about you, do you love bowls filled with handmade sachets, framed goodies, pretties hanging around... or do you only like what you know you will use? ....and what will you use?
These dolls were once made and given to children to play with, especially in church (thusly named Church Doll). The doll was usually made from a tied handkerchief and was made as a way to keep the child busy, but if the doll was dropped, it would not make any noise when it fell, thereby not disturbing the service. Sometimes, cubes of sugar were placed inside the head for the child to suck on and thus it was also called a Sugar Baby. I am unsure where or when the name Praire Doll originated. Traditionally the doll had no face being that it was made "on the spur of the moment"!
I've been asked by a few people if I sell my creations, or if I do consignment work... I have a problem with committing to making something when someone asks; once I commit, then I do not enjoy the process, it becomes a burden and my creativity is stifled... however, I do appreciate ideas or desires, and if and when I have the time and when I find the inspiration you never know what I will come up with. If you request something, I make no promises, but if I make something and you would like to purchase it, then I am willing to sell it... if I make something requested and offer it to you, there is no obligation for you to purchase it... I believe this makes it fair for both you and I, no obligation, no commitment, but if a deal is struck then that is a bonus for us both.... and thank you for asking! All proceeds of any of my sales are my way of earning money to help fund my efforts in rehabilitating injured or orphaned wildlife.